What better way to experience the maritime culture and heritage of Nova Scotia than on board a Tall Ship? This special combination fare gives you the opportunity to join the EUROPA for three of her voyages during the Rendez-Vous 2017 Outport Programme: Corner Brook - Louisbourg, Louisbourg - Lunenburg, and Lunenburg to Saint John. The last voyage also includes a two-day visit to Shelburne, another historic port along the Nova Scotian coast.
With 19 days on board, and visits to five ports in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick, this combination voyage offers not only a true Tall Ship experience and a chance to really get to know the ship, but also a unique opportunity to explore this region of Canada which is known for its vibrant maritime culture and legacy. From the fortress of Louisbourg and the folk music festival in Lunenburg, to the historic Shelburne waterfront and the Tall Ships festival in Saint John, there will not be a dull moment for trainees joining us for this combination voyage. In between port visits, there is plenty of time to learn the secrets of Tall Ship sailing from experienced crew members on board. Also included in the combination fare is the price for staying on board between voyages, when the EUROPA offers a B&B option for trainees joining us for more than one voyage. If you prefer to find your own accommodation ashore for these days, you are of course more than welcome to do so.
In addition to the host race ports, the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta will also visit a number of beautiful Canadian guest ports. The Guest Ports Programme is an opportunity to sample the hospitality of more than 31 different and beautiful Canadian guest ports in the region. Away from the high energy of racing and four-day host city festivities, it’s a chance for vessels to enjoy a pre-planned stop-over, and to take advantage of a programme of events and crew facilities which will be provided in each port.
During these stops, the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta fleet, professional crew members and novice sailors (you?!) will be able to celebrate this great milestone anniversary and sample the vast and diverse maritime heritage that Canada has to offer.
Located on Eastern Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, the city of Louisburg is home to the historic jewel, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Sail down the west coast of Newfoundland and across the Cabot Strait to Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, home of the famous fortress of Cape Breton. Named by French military forces after Louis XIV of France, the harbour has been used by Europeans since the late 1500s. While the Fortress of Louisbourg, which depicts life here in the 1700s, is the main attraction, the town of Louisbourg and its surrounding beaches and forests are also worth a visit.
After Louisbourg we will set sail south along the coast of Nova Scotia towards Lunenburg. Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, winner of the Communities in Bloom most beautiful small town in Canada, Prettiest Painted Places in Canada, Port City of the Year and Society of American Travel Writers’ awards. Picturesque Lunenburg lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia one hour from Halifax. Here, you can experience a traditional way of life and work amidst historic architecture, attractions and amenities.
Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated because of the grid pattern of the streets and the distinct architecture of the wooden buildings. It's also a hive of maritime knowledge and skills, home port of the Canadian icon schooner Bluenose II, and is becoming a major arts and culture destination. The annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival will be happening from 10-13 August 2017 , which is sure to bring some world-class folk musicians along with local talent to perform in this historic seaside town.
On our way from Lunenburg to Saint John, New Brunswick we plan on visiting Shelburne. Shelburne's historic waterfront area bobs with sailboats and has 17 homes that were built pre-1800 – it feels like a historical re-creation, but it's real. The wonderfully maintained, low-in-the-earth buildings once housed Loyalists who retreated here from the American Revolution.
Saint John is the economic engine room of the province, a gritty port city with a dynamism that's missing from the demure capital. The setting is impressive – a ring of rocky bluffs, sheer cliffs, coves and peninsulas surrounding a deep natural harbor where the mighty Saint John and Kennebecasis Rivers empty into the Bay of Fundy. It can take a bit of imagination to appreciate this natural beauty, obscured as it is by the smokestacks of a pulp mill, oil refinery and garden-variety urban blight. But those who push their way through all this to the historic core are rewarded with beautifully preserved redbrick and sandstone 19th-century architecture and glimpses of the sea down steep, narrow side streets. Hundreds of years of history are alive in Saint John, as the oldest incorporated city in Canada.
Crossing the Bay of Fundy, the next port is Saint John, our only port in the province of New Brunswick. Saint John is the second biggest city in the Maritime provinces and has a history as a centre of shipbuilding. At the confluence of the Kennebecasis River and the Saint John River, which empty into the Bay of Fundy at Saint John, it's not surprising that the city has an active waterfront for commercial vessels of all kinds.
Bay of Fundy
With the highest tides in the world, visiting Bay of Fundy ports is always interesting. And keep your eyes out for whales, it's quite common to spot humpback, minke and fin whales. In the past few years, whale watchers have also spotted a North Atlantic right whale and an orca in the Bay of Fundy.
In each port we will be joined with several other tall ships, in the smaller ports we will be with approx 5 different international tall ships and in the bigger ports there will be around 10 tall ships present.Optional reservation Booking form